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Cotting School

453 Concord Avenue.
Lexington, MA 02421

(781) 862-7323


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Teaching sessions occur in small and large group settings. Materials are adapted to meet the needs of each student. Staff use a wide variety of communication methods (speech, sign language, objects, and pictures) with the students.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The Preschool Classroom serves students beginning at age 3 and provides a warm, nurturing, and therapeutic environment conducive to learning and social/emotional growth. The students receive individual and group instruction and therapies and participate in enrichment activities, including art and music. State-of-the-art computer and assistive technology is readily available and integrated into the classroom and curriculum. Children can enjoy the accessible outdoor playground and gymnasium for recreation and adapted physical education. The Preschool Team works collaboratively to help each student reach his/her individual goals and to foster and maximize his/her social emotional development in these critical early years.

A Typical Day

A typical day consists of open free play, play with cause-and-effect toys, snacks, circle activity which consists of calendar and weather education, and social skills teaching and reinforcement. Various therapies take place directly in the preschool classroom during the morning, and they are integrated into the regular activities. After lunch, children engage in activities in the art center, the sensory play center, the dramatic play center, and the music center.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parent/teacher communication is ongoing throughout the school year. Students have communication log books that travel between home and school. The teacher writes daily notes in these logs. Parents are encouraged to contact staff at any time via written note or phone to express comments or concerns. Parents can schedule times to visit their child during specific therapy sessions to learn or share strategies which are helpful to the child's learning.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school